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It's all systems go as Exeter Chiefs get the go-ahead to double capacity at Sandy Park stadium

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 30, 2012

  • Exeter Chiefs have plans to develop their stadium to a 20,600-capacity venue, along with expanded conference and banqueting facilities

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Landmark proposals to double the ground capacity of Devon's biggest rugby club have been approved.

Exeter Chiefs were given the green light last night by councillors to increase their Sandy Park ground from 10,750 to 20,600 seats.

The multi-million pound renovation will see the ground become the biggest rugby stadium in the South West.

The five-year project will involve building three new grandstands and rapidly expanding the conference and banqueting facilities from a capacity of 650 to 2,675.

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Planning officials at Exeter City Council unanimously approved the scheme subject to certain conditions at a meeting of the planning committee meeting last night.

Chief executive and chairman Tony Rowe declared himself "exceptionally pleased".

"There are challenges ahead, but we are confident of overcoming them.

"Our aim is not only to be one of the best clubs in England, but also one of the better clubs in Europe," he said.

Derek Phillips, vice-chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce, said: "Sandy Park is a great example of success both on and off the pitch. The club is driving up business throughout the city."

John Harvey, Exeter City Centre manager, said: "The Exeter Chiefs have brought great sporting success and economic success to the city. "The club is doing a remarkable job and this development will only be of benefit to everyone in the city."

Conditions of the approval include a maximum stadium capacity of 15,000 until completion of improvement works to M5 Junction 30 in 2014.

Watch a video of the proposals by Kensington Taylor Architects to expand the Exeter Chiefs ground:

Animation of Exeter Rudgby Club from Dave Jones on Vimeo.

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  • John5  |  November 01 2012, 9:30AM

    it's an armadillo!

  • daveexeter  |  October 30 2012, 10:46AM

    See the animation at https://vimeo.com/48648725